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Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Lot No. 1 750ml 2011
Sku: 23195
The concept of Lot wines at Louis M. Martini dates back to 1968 when Louis P. Martini, Michael Martini’s father, first made luxury Cabernet Sauvignons from selected barrels which he na ...more
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa County
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Still wine
Reg. $119.99
On Sale $99.97
Buy Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Lot No. 1
Wine Spectator 88 points - A rich, robust style, with ripe plum, cherry, cedary oak and dusty berry flavors supported by full-blown, earth-laced tannins. Veers toward a dry finish. Drink now through 2022. 600 cases made.-JL  (Oct 31 2014)

Wine Advocate 91 points - There are 645 cases of the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1, which came from similar sources as the 2010 Lot 1. A very strong effort in a more challenging vintage, the 2011 was fashioned from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 100% French oak. Its opaque ruby/purple color is followed by impressive aromas of spring flowers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, forest floor, black currants and camphor. Full-bodied and rich, it is softer and more evolved than the 2010, but sexy, lush and ideal for drinking over the next 10-12 years. (Dec 2013)

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The concept of Lot wines at Louis M. Martini dates back to 1968 when Louis P. Martini, Michael Martini’s father, first made luxury Cabernet Sauvignons from selected barrels which he named by lot numbers. At that time, Louis P. Martini was making Cabernets in the league with other Napa Valley greats such as George De Latour, Heitz Martha’s Vineyard and Robert Mondavi. Sourcing of his fruit likely included Monte Rosso grapes and other vineyards from his friends in the Napa Valley. The Martini lot wines produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s were considered among the most collectible of Martini’s wines Today, Michael Martini continues to enjoy access to premium Napa Valley vineyards and to blend Cabernet Sauvignon from the best mountain top AVAs, just like his father did.
An intense, concentrated and sharply focused red, exhibiting a pleasant spicy edge to the currant and blackberry flavors that are full-bodied, deep and persistent, turning elegant and sophisticated, with a lingering finish that sails on. Drink now through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 533 cases made. JL

Wine maker notes
The grapes were sourced from some of the most coveted vineyards in the Napa Valley, dominantly from mountain top AVAs. The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning hours to keep the fruit cool and were then hand sorted to keep only the best possible fruit. All fruit is hand sorted, grapes are then destemmed and not crushed, leaving about 75% whole berries in the fermentors. The grapes were gravity-fed into open top tanks at our micro-winery, Cellar No. 254, which was built as an annex to our main facility. The must received 3-4 weeks of skin contact and was fermented at warm temperatures (max. 90F), after inoculation with the yeast. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation, was racked as needed, and aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months prior to bottling.

For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third-generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

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